Both of the known meanings for Marahau – ‘garden with the right amount of wind’ or ‘fertile land’ – ring true during different times of the year. The Maori grew abundant kumara (Sweet Potato) in the Marahau Valley. They also knew Marahau as ‘the place of strong women’ or ‘place of magic’.
ABEL TASMAN VILLAGE TODAY
Today, Abel Tasman Village is a small township of a few hundred residents, swelling in spring when tourists and tourism workers descending on the area. Blessed with a warm and temperate climate, it has some of New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine hours. Even in winter the average temperature is just over 12C, and many winter days are calm and crystal clear.
The golden sand beach, though tidal, is beautiful for swimming, a picnic, or just soaking up the sun.
A LOT ON OFFER
Along with a lovely beach, Abel Tasman Village can boast almost 30 businesses focused on providing for visitors to the village. The great thing is it still retains the feeling of a small seaside town, despite being the gateway to the National Park.
CAFES & RESTAURANTS
- Hooked – waterfront cafe, garden bar & restaurant
- Park Cafe – cafe and a la carte restaurant
- The Fat Tui – iconic burger van
ENJOYING THE ABEL TASMAN
Because of its proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park, the village is home to the largest water taxi company in the area, six or more kayak companies, canyoning adventures, eco-tours, and a range of other activities around the Abel Tasman. It really is the ideal place to begin your Abel Tasman adventure.
- Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi – next door to the Lodge
- Marahau Water Taxis – offer the same trips as Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis
We recommend any of these excellent kayaking teams. All offer a range of kayaking trips. You can also mix in some walking with your kayak trip, providing lots of options.
- Abel Tasman Kayaks – just a 2-minute walk from the Lodge
- Kahu Kayaks – next to the Fat Tui
- Marahau Sea Kayaks – another good option for kayaking
- R&R Kayaks – next door to the Lodge
Other Great Ways to Experience The Abel Tasman
- Abel Tasman Canyons – high octane adventure
- Abel Tasman Boat Charters – do it in style on a launch. Leaves from nearby St Stephens Bay
- Abel Tasman Eco Tours – a great way to experience the park and surrounds
- Abel Tasman Horse Trekking – ride along the sandy beaches
- Abel Tasman Sailing – enjoy the afternoon breezes. Combine with a walk or kayak
- Abel Tasman Yoga – a more holistic way of enjoying the area
- Marahau Horse Treks – another great horse trekking option
- Wine and beer tours plus a whole lot more